Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sunday, May 23, 2010

We Be Yammin'

Charlie loves rawhide chews, but since he believes they're meant to be consumed immediately and has the teeth with which to do so, I often buy him off with a yam chew. Yam chews certainly don't last as long, but I haven't had to pull one out of his throat yet, and there's no worry about other digestive consequences. We just finished the batch I made in March, so it was time to make some more.

They're easy to make with a food dehydrator and tasty, too (I have this on the best authority, and I don't mean Charlie ;) ). 10 pounds of yams makes 2-3 pounds of chews, so they're even economical, compared to buying Sam's Yams. I blogged the recipe before. But since then, I've made an improvement -- perforating the slightly cooked yam slices before dehydrating them; it really makes the drying go better and faster.

Here's the short version of the "big dog" recipe:
1. Buy a bunch of the biggest yams you can find. 10 lb. fills my 6 round dehydrator racks.
2. Slice the yams into 1/2" - 3/4" slabs.
3. Cook the slices on a plate in a microwave -- about 4 min. on each side.
4. Perforate the slices all over (on both sides) with a fork
5. Dehydrate @135-140' F for 10-20 hrs.
6. Feed and repeat.

"Bone" Apetit!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Paging Dr. Mom... Dr. Mom to the OR...

"Charlie, this is NOT a happy situation!"

"Rut roh... I'm in trouble now..."

"Can you fix Joey?"

"That's his tail, Mom! Don't sew it there!!"

"He seems better..."

"Let me check..."

"CHARLIE, leave Joey's nose alone!!!"


Wordless Wednesday

Monday, May 17, 2010

Farmer Charlie

Pouncer has decided that the just-rototilled garden is her new litterbox, and Charlie has decided... well let's just say he wants to scrounge around inside. At first I didn't realize why he wanted in so badly. Today, however, when I was planting, it became pretty obvious.

I'm going to build a more permanent fence, but until then, this makeshift one will have to do.

Fortunately Charlie respects babygates and fences. But, maybe if he stretches his neck far enough, mom won't notice...

Organic fertilizer apparently also smells yummy!


Friday, May 14, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


When you're out taking pictures with Charlie, you get a lot more pictures like this:

than this: